Photo of dark chocolate barIt appears that dark chocolate is your best choice since it contains the most potent plant chemicals called flavonoids.

Studies have shown that chocolate consumption may help lower blood pressure, reduce blood cholesterol and benefit the heart in other ways.

However, more studies are needed to identify the type and how much chocolate is best suited for health benefits.

For now, an ounce or two makes a nice dessert or snack and is probably good for you.

Of course, since the chocolate that we eat is high in sugar and fat, it’s best to consume it in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet. .

 

The heart truth logoFebruary is heart health month!  Do you take care of your family? Goes without saying. Do you take care of your home? Of course. Do you take care of your heart? Probably not.

It may not be at the top of most women’s to-do lists, but caring for your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical activity is the secret weapon to preventing heart disease.

While many may assume that popping a few pills that your healthcare provider prescribed is enough to quell symptoms or prevent a heart attack, the real preventative power lies with real changes to your lifestyle – which can reduce the risk for heart disease by as much as 80 percent.

Read on to find out how!

Green peasPeas provide low-fat, low-calorie protein; 3/4 cup of peas contains about the same amount of protein as a whole egg or a tablespoonful of peanut butter–but less than half a gram of fat.

All varieties of peas contain vitamins A, C and K as well as thiamin, folate and iron.

Selecting Snow Peas Snow peas should be shiny and flat, with very small peas that are barely visible through the pod.

Storing Snow Peas It’s best to use snow peas as soon as possible. Store unwashed peas in a plastic bag with small holes so
that moisture can escape.

Crunchy tuna spread for bread and Chinese vegetable stir-fry recipes available on the website!

Clip Art of BeesIn 2015, the 245 Las Vegas-based Master Gardeners:

  • answered questions from 2,342 individuals in 103 Nevada zip codes via phone, email and office visits to the Help Desk
  • taught classes or spoke to over 34,325 people at community events
  • recorded 30,183.5 volunteer hours working on 35 community projects. Based on the $23.07/hr. national average, the value of the Master Gardeners volunteer service to Clark County is $696,333.34

Find out how to become a university-trained, certified Master Gardener!